McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless.

Following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley – foundress of the Sisters of Mercy – we offer welcoming crisis and longer term accommodation, vital employment services, social and recreational support and children's services.

In 2016, we helped around 1,000 women and children to rebuild their lives, supporting them on their journey towards independence and safer futures. In November 2016 we opened the new McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and hub for women who are homeless, in Pickett Street, Footscray.


In the case of emergency please call POLICE 000. To access crisis accommodation call 1800 015 188

December newsletter out now

​The December 2016 edition of our newsletter, Women Matter, is now out. It features stories about our work with women in the community. Read about the newly-opened $11 million McAuley House in Footscray, the women who live there and the people who made it happen.

Mission of mercy continues

Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, went out on a limb in 1827 when she opened the House of Mercy in Baggot St, Dublin, for women who were homeless. The Sisters of Mercy are still taking risks to ensure women have a safe home.

Colleen's trying to make the world a better place

​Colleen Moten believes in using the money she has and the good people she knows to try and make the world a better place. She was one of three women who gathered last year and brainstormed ways of getting a giving circle off the ground and soon the Catherine Circle began.